John and Angela mark 50 years of marriage
When it comes to a happy marriage, sticking together through the hard times is key according to Angela Doocey.
Her words of advice should surely be noted as the Coolcotts resident has just marked 50 years of marriage with her husband John. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the pair dined with family members in the Whitford House Hotel where according to John, staff gave them great attention.
'It was quite low-key but it was lovely,' said Angela, who is originally from Laois.
They also had a mass beforehand in Clonard Church with Fr Dennis Lennon, which was very important for the couple.
'We are so grateful to Fr Lennon for the beautiful service that he held for us,' said Longford-born John.
The happy couple first met in London, where Angela was working as a secretary and John was a carpenter. They had moved over to find work, which according to Angela, was non-existent in Ireland when she left in the 1950's.
'We met in the Irish dance halls, where else?!' laughed Angela when asked where she first caught sight of John.
In 1965, the pair returned to Ireland to marry and several years later, they pined for Irish soil once more. They spotted an advertisement for The Faythe Guesthouse in an English magazine and decided to buy it and come back home.
John and Angela went on to have four children: Sandra, Amanda, Trevor and Jenny. They didn't need to travel far to the Whitford as all of them still live in Wexford. Trevor is particularly well known in the locality as he is the owner of the popular Pike Bar in Wexford Town.
Although Angela and John no longer own The Faythe Guesthouse, they haven't moved far away. For the last 25 years, they have been welcoming guests at Townparks House Bed and Breakfast in Coolcotts.
It is an exciting time for the Dooceys, who celebrated another important occasion during their anniversary week. John and Angela have been pioneers for 61 years and to mark their dedication, they were presented with gold pins at Clonard Church.